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Date
Tue, 4/24
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10:30 PM
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The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards

4.5
902 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
Voted Best Outdoor Dining in Sonoma County 2015 & 2016 by the North Bay Bohemian and Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining in America by Open Table.

The Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards is the only winery-based restaurant in the Russian River Valley, featuring the seasonal best from our Farm and local growers to utilize organic meats and sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to nourish and delight our guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of California Wine Country.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Organic, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
All Day Menu
Sun–Thu, 12:00 pm–6 pm
Fri & Sat 12:00 pm–7 pm
Dinner Series
Fri & Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 887-3344
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ben Davies
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ross Station
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Parking details
We have plenty of parking, from a motor coach to a scooter
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Entertainment
We have live music every evening beginning at 5:30pm in the Summer.
Additional
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 902 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 26, 2013

Ok, the building might be falling apart, they have tarps on the roof, and it is in need of repairs. But the food is outstanding quality cuisine. I had the traditional eggs benedict which is my test to the line cook and they passed. Yokes were intact and gooey, the hollondaise didn;t break under heat lamps. BRAVO!

This place is great and the servers are very attentive and friendly without intruding on your weekend.

Sure it needs work on the building but isn't really about the food???

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2013

We're on honeymoon and picked up a leaflet for the vineyard in San Francisco. Googled it, reviews were excellent so we made the 3 hr drive (holiday traffic!) and it was worth ever minute of the journey. Absolutely stunning location, excellent service and beautiful setting eating outside on the terrace. Food was divine -best eggs benedict I've ever had and my husband said his pastrami sandwich was the best sandwich he had ever eaten!! Tried a couple of their locally-produced wines which were delicious. Price was very reasonable indeed. We didn't want to leave! We're already planning a return trip.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2013

We sat outside on the lovely terrace and enjoyed an excellent dinner - good service and excellent food. Will definitely return...

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2013

We came here for Mother's day brunch and it was fantastic. We went to the outdoor tasting "room" and bought a bottle of wine to bring to the table. Then we sat at our table and enjoyed a leisurely meal. The service was very good. The food was good. All the men ordered steak and eggs which they reported was cooked very well. I ordered the farmers plate which was good but a little bland. It could have used some more flavor. It was near the end of the day and Mother's day so I have no complaints. We will definately be back.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2013

We enjoyed Mother's Day brunch but at $38/person for a starter, limited entree choice, and so-so dessert it seemed over priced. Complimentary Mimosa was a nice touch.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2013

Yes they were serving 160 people for Mother's day Brunch but the restaurant was completely inflexible in assisting with our dining choices. My Mom has food allergies and they were completely insulting and unhelpful in a simple request to leave the sauce off of the crabcakes or soup. We got a whiney response that they had so many people to serve they just could not make any changes. Really? They would not let my Mom order off the kids menu so she could find something to eat. We were actually asked if my Mom really had food allergies. The dessert was still frozen. The fruit salad was quite subpar. Our waiter was new and inexperienced. He was trying to help. For 40/person that is too expensive for breakfast to be so inflexible.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2013

Fabulous outdoor setting only enhances the wonderful food and excellent service. Four picky foodies found this restaurant a true gem. We'll be back

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2013

We held our son's college graduation dinner here. Our party of ten was treated with warm, efficient and considerate service and everyone thought the food was delicious. We had a chance to tell the chef in person when he visited our table during the meal. They were very accommodating to our requests and the overall experience in a beautiful wine country setting made for a very successful and memorable special occasion for our family and friends. One of them told me later, "That restaurant was a real find!"

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2013

Very good food and service

Decor could really use an update.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2013

What a special place! A perfect blend of contemporary and "70's". Truly the place to stop for lunch when wine tasting in the Russian River Valley. My husband had fish&chips..he enjoyed but next time would get that huge burger. The menu just has a plain cesaer but the server was happy to have the kitchen add chicken...delicious. Also, since the tasting room is right there,the server suggested we go taste while our meal was being prepared. We could pick our wine and bring it back to the table. PERFECT. We chose a nice Rose and thoroughly enjoyed the wine and our meal. We will return!

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2013

Portions a little too small. A bit pricey for the sides...salad $10 but not that special. Deserts $10 but nothing that special either. Menu little too small. I liked it better with the tented outdoor area for evening dining...too cold at night to use outdoor dining area

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2013

A pleasant evening, enjoyed the food and the waitstaff was
professional, attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2013

Corks is located in beautiful West Sonoma County. It has a winery tasting room on site as well. The outdoor dining is very peaceful and beautiful. Your table will be visited by the resident dog, Chester, who is very endearing. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable and gave my husband a free birthday desert. The award winning wine we had was excellant and reasonably priced, didn't seem to be marked up at all. Our food was delicious! Vegan and vegetarian options are available and the portobello "steak" with mashed potatoes are a favorite of mine from previous visits. This time two of us had sea bass and scallops and the third person had salmon. All dishes were cooked perfectly and gone in no time! Our deserts were also great

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2013

A novelty of this restaurant is that it is one of the few (3?) in Sonoma County that are an integral part of a winery. Only two of us dined there, but the facility can accommodate large parties and events (e. g., weddings). Seating can be either inside or out. Wine list is excellent(and includes many wines other than from the accompanying winery.) The charcuterie starter plate was very good. The number of entree items is not large, but all are excellent, and have recommendations for appropriate wine pairings. Sitting outdoors, one can hear the calls of birds in the neighboring woods. Excellent service by the staff. The facility itself is somewhat rustic, but the food and wine are a great experience!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2013

"Fresh Cooked" bread came out frozen... Quaint and quiet. Server was personable and accommodating. Hostess seemed lost.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2013

We went for Easter Brunch. The menu offered many wonderful choices including vegetarian options and the price was very reasonable for the quality of the food. The vibe was warm and friendly. The staff were all pleasant and attentive. We sat at a corner table with a view. There was a spring storm complete with thunder and lightening that we were able to watch. There was a large deck designed for outside dining in more reasonable weather. I will certainly return and recommend it to my friends.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2013

Frankie is a great server. It is always a pleasure to meet and chat with the owner .

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2013

Someone gave a coupon for a free tasting in Corks wine room. So we decided to also have lunch there as well. While the wines are ok, not fantastic, the food was great. The Easter Brunch started with great breads with Salmon and other items to spread and top the bread and flatbreads. I had a great Crab Omelette (lots of crab) while my guest has Duck Confit Eggs, with so much food, we didn't need to eat dinner. To top it off they give you a free bottle of wine at to take home. It was a deal of the day.

The only down note is there is a leak in the roof and we had to traverse a puddle to leave. Upon inspection of the room there is a huge tarp. They need to improve their structure before this turns into an issue.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2013

We went for the fixed menu Easter Brunch. They had several selections to choose from, all tempting. The food was excellent, as usual. We were seated in the enclosed patio as it was raining that day so the noise level wasn't bad. We walked through the main diningroom on the way to our table and it seemed a bit loud. I would definitely recommmend the enclosed patio room or outdoor dining when the weather is better.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2013

Went for lunch on a weekday. Food was quite good, but service was incredibly slow. Not sure if it was an understaffed or overwhelmed kitchen, or the service staff. Restaurant wasn't that crowded when we arrived, but it did fill up. I suspect they were having problems in the kitchen. Restaurant is convenient to several wineries in the Forestville/Sebastapol area, so we may try Corks again.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2013

Very good food served by equally nice people in a country setting on a site shared with their winery and tasting room. The staff was very attentive to special dietary needs....gluteb free items are marked on the menu. It ws too cold to eat outdoors but the patio looked very nice. The location is aobut a 10 minute drive from Raford Inn, our favorite Inn in this part of Sonoma.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2013

Great selection, especially as it included many gluten-free options.
Wonderful setting, including ambience.
All good.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2013

The food was amazing at Corks. We went for restaurant week and had the 3 course meal. The chef prepared our food perfectly. We were impressed. The atmosphere was nice. The seating is not too cramped. It was comfortable. Our waitress was also really good. We will definitely be returning to Corks! Great place for special occasions too.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2013

Took advantage of restaurant week to try Corks. I've stopped in several times for wine tastings and was intrigued by the well-designed menu and ambiance. We weren't disappointed. While we did order off the prix fix menu, there was a great selection of delicious items.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2013

Everything we requested was done! It was our grandson's 14th birthday celebration and they treated him like gold. Food was fresh and seasonal and the server knew the menu and what could be shared or not. The Bellini's were very good and our grandson's Roy Rodgers was perfect, per his comments. Overall service, table location, drinks, and food were good. We will return for an outdoor luncheon...under the redwoods.

Our grandson ordered the pesto chicken sandwich and I ordered their burger, whereas, my wife ordered the Caesar salad w/chicken. All were warm, well prepared, and good tasting. Our grandson's dessert wished him a Happy Birthday and he appreciated that.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2013

We went to Corks because it was being featured for Sonoma County Restaurant Week and I am so glad we did. We will definitely be going back! The Duck Leg Confit fell off the bone and had amazing flavor. My boyfriend had the Filet Mignon and said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had. The Lemon Curd Tart was to die for! If they have it on their menu when you go, its definitely worth ordering one...or two ;-)

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2013

The service was very nice. The pacing of the food delivery was not. The restaurant was not even one-third full yet our meal took over two hours. There was a long delay between each course – to the point our waitress apologized for the delay. Another table for two nearby had a similar long delay experience.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2013

Food was good, service was great. Bread pudding was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2013

Whenever we're anywhere in the Russian River Valley area, we make it a priority to go to lunch at Corks. The outdoor patio is beautiful, and the food and wine are excellent! The staff are always friendly and make it a priority to give you a lovely dining experience.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2013

Goopd food, nice atmosphere, beautiful surroundings. Nice outdoor area for dining. Wine tasted prior to eating-purchased wine at tasting then brought in to dinner. Helpful staff

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2013

Still a great place for a special day!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2013

We had the sea bass and scallops that were outstanding, the entire experience was far better than we had even anticipated.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2013

Warm and friendly service, great food, award winning wines...on nice days the back patio is beautiful tree surrounded outdoor dining. We will definitely go back:)

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2013

Patio looked charming, but too cool to sit outside on the evening we visited. Decor inside was rather bland and tables were very close together. Food was quite good but service was sloppy and inconsistent, drinks not delievered or refilled, bread forgotten until well into entrees.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2013

Just Wonderful. The food was delicious and prepared in unique ways. The service was outstanding - everyone seemed to care if you liked the food.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2013

On a gorgeous February day we were hoping to come across a winery where we could taste some wines and have a casual lunch. Corks at Russian River Vineyards was just the perfect destination! René, the sommelier, was delightfully entertaining set up outdoors on the vineyard property. Lunch also was outdoors, with white linen tablecloths for a touch of elegance! My husband had fish and chips, absolutely the best crust ever on tender Petrale sole. The fries also were perfect. My Niman Ranch cheeseburger came with a green salad with a delicate, lemony dressing. Downside: my request for "medium rare" resulted in a well done burger, but it still had a good flavor. Nice friendly service, and Riley, the house dog, entertained everyone.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2013

Lovely dinner. Excellent foods and wines; really attentive service from a knowledgable staff. I ate the surf and turf which was creative and delicious. My husband had three courses, all good! Dessert was unique and surprising. Lovely setting, deep in the woods. Only thing that is strange is they have conference room chairs which are not conducive to a long evening of comfortable sitting. And they're ugly!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2013

My parents were in town, so we decided to try it out for dinner. We had my 5 year old daughter with us, and while this was clearly adult dining, no one seemed to mind her presence. It was a rather small menu, but we were able to find something we wanted. 3 of us ordered the sea bass, which was one of the best meals I have ever had. The fish was flaky and perfect, the mushrooms were savory and the mashed potatoes gave you something to sop up the delicious sauce with. My mom ordered the butternut squash tortellini and was disappointed. She said it was too sweet and that the flavors didn't come together the way they should. Otherwise, everything was delicious. We were a little confused about The Doors playing as background music though.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2013

The food was good but it took way too long to get our food plus pay our bill.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2013

Cork's is very warm and friendly. The staff was equally nice, helpful, and attentive. The meal was excellent - the presentation was lovely. Definitely recommend going here. We certainly will be returning.

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